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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2013

KCFD reminds residents to leave fireworks to a pro

In a typical year on Independence Day, there are more fires reported in the U.S. than on any other day of the year, and fireworks account for more than half of those fires.

Since all fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo., the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. Kansas City offers a variety of opportunities throughout the area to enjoy fireworks displays in a fun and safe atmosphere, such as the KC Riverfest in Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park. So please, leave the fireworks up to the professionals.

The following statistics are from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Fire Protection Agency.

Nationwide in 2010, fireworks caused:

- More than 15,500 fires (including 1,100 structure fires and 300 vehicle fires), resulting in eight civilian deaths

- 8,600 injuries that were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, with 38 percent of these injuries caused by sparklers and novelties and 39 percent of the victims younger than 15 years

- An estimated $36 million dollars in direct property damage

The men and women of the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department want you to have a safe and happy Independence Day.

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